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Legislators pursue new tax on business services in Nevada

With Nevada educators and some lawmakers seeking new revenue to fund public education, Democratic legislators have proposed a new 1 percent tax on a wide range of services, from hair salons to plumbing repairs, landscaping and diaper services. And, possibly, even brothels.

Teacher tenure reform bills advance to Senate vote

Republicans gained ground in their battle to reform public education Friday, but not much. A proposal by GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval that teacher evaluations be based at least 50 percent on student achievement data was approved by the Senate Education Committee, as was a proposal requiring schools to set up performance pay programs for teachers by 2014.

Las Vegas Science Festival debuts with a bang

The inaugural Las Vegas Science Festival culminated with a Cashman Center expo day where thousands participated in hands-on activities.

Clark County’s New Teachers of the Year among first to be laid off

The Clark County School District’s proposed budget reduction of $407 million will eliminate about 1,800 positions in the Las Vegas Valley, more than a thousand of which are teachers. In every case, it’s the new teachers who are the first to go. Principals districtwide expressed the same concern with the system, saying it’s not in the best interest of the kids.

Las Vegas Science Festival debuts in venues around the valley

The inaugural Las Vegas Science Festival was held this month and culminated with an expo day where kids participated in hands-on activities. The festival is expected to return next year because of the community’s great response.

North Las Vegas charter school looks forward to fresh start with new principal, playground

Nearly 400 volunteers constructed a new playground in six hours May 4 at the 100 Academy of Excellence, 2341 Comstock Drive. The state-of-the-art playground came as a result of the school teaming with nonprofit group KaBOOM! and Surgical Care Associates, which sent 300 volunteers to help.

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